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Festival della Valle d'Itria

Martina Franca, 17 July - 5 August 2021

What type of programmes does the festival offer?

The Festival that has been running every summer for the last 47 years in Martina Franca, in the region of Apulia, has become famous thanks to its unusual and bold choices, and for the quality of the artists that have filled its seasons. Created in 1975, the Festival has always stood out for selecting forgotten operas and rarely performed pieces of music, for full version performances, as well as critical editions and for its adherence to the composers’ intents. 

What are the venues like?

The main venue of the Festival is the courtyard of the Ducal Palace of Martina Franca, built by Petracone V Caracciolo. It’s majestic with its 300 rooms, chapel and the typically baroque façade with a long wrought iron balcony. Climb along the broad staircase leading to the royal apartment, where you will find the Cappella dei Duchi, the Sala dell’Arcadia, the Sala del Mito and the Sala della Bibbia. Other venues are San Domenico’s cloister and the typical historic country estates around the Valle d’Itria: masserias.

Why should someone come to the festival?

The baroque town of Martina Franca is gifted with beautiful views on the Itria Valley, resting among vineyards, woods, and centuries-old olive trees. Here you can live a true Apulian experience listening to the greatest opera voices of our time.

Where is it?

Located on the southwestern hills of Murgia, Martina Franca is a baroque town gifted with beautiful views on the Valle d’Itria, resting among vineyards, woods, and centuries-old olive trees. You will admire the mansions with wrought iron balconies, the rich portals with coats of arms and apotropaic masks, churches and monuments. Every corner exerts art and history. It surprises you with elegant detail, arches, secret gardens and squares that offer spectacular views.

How to get there?

Puglia has two international airports: Bari, mainly serving Central-Northern Puglia, and Brindisi, operating flights to the Itria Valley and Salento. A dedicated bus line operated by Pugliairbus, provides regular services to Puglia's airports. The Frecce di Trenitalia high-speed trains operate daily services between Rome and Lecce, with intermediate stops in cities from which it is possible to reach the desired destination by a combined train-bus service.

Dress code

There is no required dress code. Casual chic for evening events is suggested, for anything else come as you are.

What can tourists visit nearby?

The scenery is magical and to enjoy it all you have to cross towns like Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site or Locorotondo, the medieval centre of Cisternino that evokes the image of an oriental village. The charming plain of Fasano is full of beautiful farmhouses transformed into spa resorts and is only a few steps from Egnazia, one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy. Ostuni, the white city, is a succession of arches, towers, palaces, courtyards, terraces, alleys.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of places for food and drink around the Palazzo Ducale, the main venue of the Festival, located at the city centre of Martina Franca, at all times. If you prefer to eat in a restaurant is preferable to book in advance.